ASP World Tour 5* WQS Volcom Pipeline Pro: Day 1
Conditions: 8-12 feet North/Northwest with the wind shifting into just the right direction (South/Southeast) throughout the day At first light it was looking pretty sketchy with third reef Pipeline washing into the second reef before absolutely detonating on the first reef, "Man sized Pipeline," according to Dave Wassel. It was also rainy and overcast first thing in the morning, but like they say in the islands, "If you don't like the weather wait ten minutes." Sure enough, by the second heat, the Hawaiian sun broke through the clouds and instantly made the waves look better and perhaps even a bit more user friendly… until a twelve-foot set cleaned up everyone in heat #3. With the sun shining, the waves cranking, a reported 150,000 people watching online, and a thousand or so fans on the beach, Day 1 of the Volcom Pipeline Pro was worth the wait.
Day 1 Warrior Standouts
Kalani Chapman had the quote of the morning after dropping in on David Giddings, "I wasn't gonna let him (Giddings) paddle around me and get away with it, this is my wave and I had to let him know that." Amazingly, Kalani won the heat even with an interference that negated one of his scores. His luck would run out in his next heat, nevertheless, he still had the line…
45-year old Derek Ho—the oldest competitor in the event—had one of the best rides of morning when he stroked into a beast on the second reef, "It was just a matter of being in the right spot out there," he said humbly about his barrel that had the beach screaming.
Reef McIntosh executed one of his patented late-drop-to-rail-grab-to-let-go-and-stand-straight-up-in-the-barrel deals to nail the highest wave score of the morning. "I was out there just like any other day, just trying to get a few good ones," he said after dominating his heat.
20-year old Costa Rican Ronald Brown has become a favorite of ours after witnessing his go-for-broke approach and seeing his infectious smile. He had a tough go in his heat though, getting pounded again and again until breaking one of his last Pipe boards.
Jamie O'Brien treated his heats like he was in his own personal playground—which Pipeline actually is. Fittingly, Jamie O nailed the event's first perfect ten-point ride and took a cool 100-dollar bill from Electric for his efforts. Shaddy from Electric better have a few more of those to pass out…
13-year old Landon McNamara took off on one of the biggest set waves of the day and got demolished, smashing his face on the reef and breaking his board in the process. His dad, Liam, was watching from the third floor of the Volcom house and sprinted down to the beach to see if his son was okay. Despite a cut on his face, Landon grabbed another board and redeemed himself with a beautiful barrel. Yeah grom! His old man was proud too, "I was a little nervous there, but he's in good shape, brah!" Landon didn't have much to say except that the cut on his forehead was starting to sting.
23-year old Floridian Nils Schweizer showed his big wave chops off on an absolute bomb, just barely making it under the lip and standing tall ala Reef McIntosh.
It wasn't just newcomers and groms leading the charge today, Kauai's Danny Fuller ripped the gills off Pipeline today, cruising through cavern after cavern and earning himself a cool C-Note off Shaddy from Electric for his perfect ten-point ride.
Stay tuned for tomorrow, if the swell holds up and the winds don't get weird, we could be in for yet another amazing day at the Banzai! For now, check out all the photos and video below. —Justin Coté
Volcom Pipeline Pro Day 1 Results:
Round of 96 (First 10 of 16 heats completed today)
1st & 2nd advance. 3rd=65th, 4th=81st
Listed in order of 1st through 4th; Hawaiian unless noted otherwise
H1: Jonah Morgan; Solomon Ortiz; Charlie Carroll; Liam McNamara
H2: Ian Walsh; Takayuki Wakita (JPN); Ricky Whitlock (USA); Oliver Kurtz (USA)
H3: Jamie O’Brien; Anthony Walsh (AUS); Ryan Briggs (USA); Josie Graves (PRI)
H4: Albee Layer; Marcus Hickman; Alejandro Moreda (PRI); Matt Mohagen (USA)
H5: Rob Machado (USA); Kawai Lindo; Jason Shibata; Kellen Ellison (USA)
H6: Kevin Sullivan; Devon Tresher (USA); Tyler Newton; Bobby Morris (USA)
H7: Nils Schweizer (USA); Landon McNamara; Ezra Sitt; Shinpei Horiguchi (JPN)
H8: Mark Healey; Clay Marzo; Mitchel Coleborn (Aus); Gavin Beschen
H9: David Wassell; Sean Moody; Ryah Arthur (USA); Jensen Callaway (USA)
H10: Danny Fuller; Keito Matsuoka (JPN); Billy Kemper; Teppei Tajima (JPN)
Round of 112
1st & 2nd advance, 3rd=97th; 4th=105th
H1: Jonah Morgan; Ian Walsh; John Irons; Dane Ward (USA)
H2: Jamie O’Brien; Marcus Hickman; Edrick Baldwin; Tom Dosland
H3: Kawai Lindo; Tyler Newton (USA); Randall Paulson; Ry Craike
H4: Shinpei Horiguchi (JPN); Mark Healey; Stephen Koehne; Keli Everett
H5: David Wassell; Billy Kemper; Felipe Cesariano (BRZ); Jason Frederico
H6: Kalani Chapman; David Giddings (USA); Aamion Goodwin; Mikey Bruneau
H7: Derek Ho; Sion Milosky; Keoni Nozaki; Kyle Garson (USA)
H8: Reef McIntosh; Kaupena Miranda; Rico Jiminez; Ronald Brown (CRI)
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